2019 Workshop Schedule


Additional workshops to be posted soon – check back for updates!

Broadway Close Up
Leader: Taylor Iman Jones
Friday 2/1, 2:15pm, Stage 1

This 90 minute talk-back session gives you the unique opportunity learn about Taylor’s journey to Broadway.  A Q&A session will open up to any questions you may have!

Broadway Bound: Nail Your Next Dance Audition
Leader: Camille Edralin
Saturday 2/2, 2 – 3:30pm, PE-204

This workshop is open to all levels from beginner to advanced. Students will get to experience a “mock dance call”  and have the opportunity to learn more about the process of a dance audition. During our time together, students will be learning a dance combination while discussing proper audition etiquette, and will get to practice auditioning together as a group. This workshop is intended to help students prepare for future dance auditions, give students tips and tricks while learning more about the audition process in a “no-pressure” experience, and practice learning and performing choreography in an audition setting.

Broadway Dance Master Class:  A Chorus Line
Leader: Camille Edralin
Sun 2/3, 11 – 12:45pm, PE-203

5, 6, 7, 8!  Feel what if feels like to be on that audition line as you learn the original choreography from the iconic opening to A Chorus Line!  

Broadway Dance Master Class:  Hamilton
Leader: Camille Edralin
Fri 2/1, 4 – 6pm, PE-203
Sat 2/2, 6 – 8pm, PE-203

Feel what it’s like to be in The Room Where It Happens! During this workshop students will participate by learning diverse choreography straight from Broadway’s Hamilton.

Broadway Dance Master Class:  Head Over Heels
Leader: Taylor Iman Jones
Friday 2/1, 6:30 – 8pm, PE-203

Learn the famous “stick” choreography from the curtain call of Broadway’s Head Over Heels from Original Broadway Cast Member, Taylor Iman Jones!  Space and sticks are limited, so be early!

The Brutal Grace of Stage Combat:  Fighting 101
Workshop Presenter:  Josh Marx
Sat 2/2, 12:30 – 2pm,  PE-203
Sun 2/3, 1 – 2:30pm, PE-203

Come and learn the essentials of unarmed stage combat as we go through the basics of choreographed fighting while emphasizing performance techniques in order to create the most dynamic aesthetic possible. Taught by Joshua Marx, a professional actor and fight choreographer who has worked across the country; work step by step to understand the structure behind how to give and take a hit, how to fall forward and backward, how to kick, punch, choke, and gauge all while practicing repeatable safety procedure to bring you up to an industry level standard. Learn to infuse movement with intention to composite the dance that is rehearsed combat. Successful students will be able to create their own fight choreography at the completion of this workshop. All skill levels welcome.

The Business of Show Business
Workshop Presenter:  Shaun Ryan
Fri 2/1, 12 – 1:30pm, PE-203

YATC’s most popular and requested Master Class of the Season. Do you want to know what’s next for your talented teen? What would getting an agent even look like to your schedule? Do we have to live in LA to pursue this dream? What should a great headshot look like? Is my resume too full? Not full enough? Can we take a break from all this if we want to? It can be overwhelming when we don’t have all the information. This workshop is designed to do just that. This class is guided by Shawn Ryan, Director/Actor in Los Angeles. “I’m looking forward to answering all your questions and giving you some important information on how to help you become the great artist you are destined to be.”

Closing Ceremony Performance: Seasons of Love
Workshop Presenter: Sean Kana
Fri 2/1, 6 – 7pm, Stage 3
Sat 2/2, 2 – 3:30pm, Stage 3
Sun  2/3, 3:15 – 4:30pm, Stage 1

Join the collaborative performance for the Lenaea Closing Ceremonies!  The cast will sing Seasons of Love, from the musical RENT. All who are interested are invited to attend and must attend at least one rehearsal on Friday or Saturday, and the final rehearsal on Sunday.  Solos will be auditioned.

Music available for download here:  MUSIC DOWNLOAD

Elements of Playwriting
Workshop Presenter:  Billy Houck
Fri 2/1, 4 – 5pm, Stage 3
Sat 2/2, 12 – 1:30pm, Stage 3

In this course, we will discuss playwriting technique, inspiration, and rules of the road. All students will do a playwriting exercise and will have an opportunity to share their work. Students should bring writing supplies – paper and pens. Prior experience is not required.

Essential Skills to Find Your Best Voice
Workshop Presenter:  Alissa Deeter
Sat 2/2, 9:45 – 11:45am, Stage 3
Sun 2/3, 12:30 – 2:30pm, Stage 3

Learn how to build your singing skills in tone, breathing, projection, and range, and find freedom and confidence to explore and develop your own voice. Learn the difference between a voice teacher and a vocal coach so that you can make informed decisions about your training. Plenty of time for Q & A!

Introduction to Moving Lights
Workshop Presenter: Cameron Hoyt
Fri 2/1, 4 – 5:30pm, Drama Lab
Sat 2/2, 2 – 3:30pm, Drama Lab


The Mysterious and Revolutionary World of Immersive Theatre
Workshop Presenter:  Josh Marx
Sat 2/2, 4 – 5:30pm, Drama Lab

There is a world of theatre hiding just beneath the surface that has enticed and captivated new audiences, revitalizing the industry in an amazing way. We will analyze the phenomenons of interactive audiences, site-specific performance, and multimedia integration by looking closely at blockbusters such as “Sleep No More”, “Then She Fell”, and even the world of Virtual Reality with “VOID”. Don’t be left behind as this trending body of intimate and mysterious storytelling takes the world by storm. We’ll learn, discuss, and test out theories to empower ourselves as immersive theatre makers of the future and turn our learned techniques on their heads.

Next Steps – College, Careers & Beyond!
Workshop Presenter:  Josh Marx
Sat 2/2, 6:30 – 8pm, Drama Lab

Are you like every aspiring young actor brimming with questions? Do you want to know how to get an audition? An agent? How to join the union? What college to go to? Or perhaps you just don’t even know what question to ask? Here’s an opportunity to embrace an open forum and have the path illuminated by one who has successfully taken the journey!

Open Call:  A Broadway Audition Workshop
Workshop Presenter:  Taylor Iman Jones & Sean Kana
Sat 2/2, 10 – 12pm, PE-203
Sat 2/2, 6 – 8pm, Stage 3

Taylor will help you prepare for your next big audition!  Understand how to nail your first impression, perfect your stage presence, and perfect your audition piece.  Certain students will be selected for 1:1 work, and others are welcome to audit and ask questions during the Q&A session.

The Periodic Table of Shakespeare
Workshop Presenter: Billy Houck
Sun 2/3, 1 – 2:30, FL1-20

In this course, we will cover Shakespeare’s life and work, focusing on language and interpretation. We will perform a short piece from either a sonnet, As You Like It, or both. This is an active course for Shakespeare scholars and actors. Prior experience is not required.

Scenic Designers – The Architects of Dreams
Leader: Andrea Bechert
Sun 2/3, 9 – 10:30am, Drama Lab

Designers create a new world for each production of each play, unique to the particular qualities of our characters’ problems that the playwright dreamed up. Every theatre experience is a guided dream for our audience. We designers do not design objects, we design dreams.

Learn more about what is involved in creating these imaginary worlds on stage, in a master class by Andrea Bechert.  Andrea has designed over 300 productions and numerous world premieres at theatres across the country, and is a professor of Design & Technology at San Jose State University.

Program Director’s Round Table
Leader: Alicia Jeffrey, Lenaea Board President
Sun 2/3, 11 – 12:30, Drama Lab

Sometimes you may feel all alone at your school, but you’re not! Join your peers as we make connections and discuss the challenges and opportunities you all face as theatre teachers.  We’ll also include a Q&A period on the new Lenaea changes and take your feedback on ideas to evolve the festival moving forward.

Sneak Into Shakespeare
Leader: Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin
Sat 2/2, 9:00am, Drama Lab
Sat 2/2, 11:00am, Drama Lab

Do you love Shakespeare? Do you wish you loved Shakespeare? Join me and discover the beauty of Shakespeare, his language and his universal themes.

In this workshop, we get Shakespeare on his feet right away since he was meant to be seen and heard not just read. Learn new approaches to the text, exciting activities to help you work out the details and rhythms of a scene, and  “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue” (what play is that from? Answer in the workshop.)

Limited to 25 students per session.  Please do not leave the workshop early.

Tricks of the Trade: Choreography Workshop
Leader: Camille Edralin
Sat 2/2, 10 – 11:30am, PE-204

This one-of-a-kind workshop will allow students to be able to learn and enhance choreographic skills through various creative exercises. We will focus and discuss the importance of musicality and visuals of a performance piece, and will have the opportunity to create short pieces of choreography. Students will be able to learn from each other, work together, and practice leading their peers. From emerging choreographers to experienced leaders – this workshop will provide a fun and safe space for all to learn, explore, and create.

Vocal Efficiency for Spectacular Singing
Sat 2/2, 4 – 5:30pm, Stage 3
Sun 2/3 – TBD
Workshop Presenters:  Alissa Deeter & Sean Kana

This masterclass helps singers let go of the obstacles that get in the way of a spectacular performance. This class creates a safe, supportive space where participants can let go of their fears and find how to trust their bodies to flip effort into efficiency.

Writing for Theatre
Sun 2/3, 11-12:30, Stage 3
Workshop Presenter:  Leo McElroy

This workshop will cover the principles of creative writing, and the specifics that apply to writing for theater.  You will learn about the differing forms including full length, one-acts, shorts and musicals.  The session will end with a Q&A!